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Many patient advocates and medical experts say no-cost coverage should be extended beyond an initial preventive test to imaging, biopsies, or other services necessary for diagnosing a problem.

Under the Affordable Care Act, many preventive services are covered at no cost - but if a screening returns an abnormal result and more testing is needed, patients may be on the hook for hundreds or even thousands of dollars for diagnostic services. Read more»

A partir del 15 de enero, las aseguradoras privadas cubrirán el costo de ocho pruebas rápidas de COVID en el hogar cada mes para sus miembros, pero los beneficiarios de Medicare enfrentan un obstáculo aún mayor: la nueva regla de la administración no se aplica a ellos. Read more»

As of Jan. 15, private insurers will cover the cost of eight at-home rapid COVID tests each month for their members - for as long as the public health emergency lasts - but Medicare beneficiaries face an even bigger hurdle: the administration’s new rule doesn’t apply to them. Read more»

Miembro de la Autoridad de Transporte Metropolitano de Nueva York desinfecta un autobús urbano. En junio pasado, la autoridad de transporte de Nueva York anunció que ya no pagarían un beneficio por muerte de $ 500,000 a las familias de los trabajadores que mueren de COVID si los trabajadores no estaban vacunados en el momento de la muerte.

Los trabajadores que se niegan a vacunarse contra COVID-19 pueden enfrentar repercusiones financieras, desde primas de seguro médico más altas hasta la pérdida de sus trabajos, y ahora, las consecuencias financieras podrían seguir a los trabajadores más allá de la tumba. Read more»

Member of New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority disinfects a city bus. Last June, the New York transportation authority announced that they would no longer pay a $500,000 death benefit to the families of workers who die of COVID if the workers were unvaccinated at the time of death.

These days, workers who refuse to get vaccinated against COVID-19 may face financial repercussions, from higher health insurance premiums to loss of their jobs - and now, the financial fallout might follow workers beyond the grave. Read more»

A new television ad, paid for by Better Medicare Alliance, a research and advocacy group for Medicare Advantage plans, doesn’t spell out what cuts congressional lawmakers might be trying to slip past unsuspecting seniors. Read more»

Protestors gather outside Tucson Medical Center on August 14, 2021, after COVID-19 vaccine requirements for employees were announced.

In early September, the Biden administration announced that workers at health care facilities would be required to receive COVID vaccines - but nursing students who refuse to get vaccinated against COVID-19 are in an increasingly precarious position. Read more»

Former Governor Nikki Haley speaks at the University of South Carolina's commencement ceremony on May 08, 2015. Events at the University of South Carolina, in a deeply conservative state, demonstrate the limits of political pressure in some cases, even though 'South Carolina is a red state and its voters generally eschew mandates,' says Jeffrey Stensland, a spokesperson for the school.

As students head to college this fall, hundreds of schools are requiring employees and students to be vaccinated against COVID, wear masks on campus or both - but at some schools, partisan politics have bolstered efforts to stymie public health protections. Read more»

Mask-wearing should not be presented as a big deal. Parents can calmly explain that masking is important to keep kids safe at school, and that it’s something the whole family does when they go somewhere indoors.

When some kids head back to school, it will be the first time they’ve been in a real classroom with other students since the pandemic began - and even if they attended classes in person last year, the spread of the Delta variant of COVID-19 will require a new safety calculation. Read more»

Anyone who received unemployment insurance benefits for even one week this year can receive a silver-level plan on the insurance marketplace without premiums and with cost-sharing assistance, which could dramatically reduce their out-of-pocket costs.

For people who lost their jobs before April 1, the window to take advantage of subsidized COBRA coverage is closing - they have 60 days from the date their employer notified them of the COBRA subsidy to sign up for it — that’s July 31 if they were notified by the end of May. Read more»

On Monday, the federal insurance exchange reopens for an unusual midyear special enrollment period. People who are uninsured can buy a plan, and those who want to change their marketplace coverage can do so.

President Joe Biden signed an executive order to open up the federal health insurance marketplace for three months as of Monday so uninsured people can buy a plan and those who want to change their marketplace coverage can do so. Read more»

The open enrollment deadline for plans from the Affordable Care Act Marketplace is Saturday. Read more»

Deadlines approaching for Obamacare open enrollment, as prices stabilize, subsidies persist and fines go away.

The Dec. 15 deadline is approaching for Obamacare plan shoppers in the individual market, as prices are stabilizing and subsidies are available for those who know where to look. Read more»

Shopping to update your coverage on the health insurance marketplace may be annoying — didn’t you just do this last year? But letting the exchange automatically renew your coverage instead could be a big mistake. If you don’t like the plan you’re auto-enrolled in this year you may be stuck with it in 2018, unlike previous years when people could generally switch. Read more»

Open enrollment on the federal health law’s marketplace ends Friday, and most people who want a plan for next year need to meet the deadline. But some consumers who miss the cutoff could be surprised to learn they have the opportunity to enroll later. Read more»

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